As the trial goes on for the man charged with murdering three of Jennifer Hudson's family members has resumed, with the Oscar-winner listening to a police officer's description of finding her dead family members.
Hudson sat next to her fiance Tuesday as she did after testifying Monday, the trial's first day.Prosecutors shifted their focus to presenting crime scene evidence in the case against her former brother-in-law, William Balfour. Hudson hung her head and shut her eyes while the officer described finding her mother's body sprawled in the living room with gunshot wounds through her back.
The officer then described finding her brother in his bed of a gunshot wound to the head. Balfour was estranged from his wife, Hudson's sister, at the time of the killings. He has pleaded not guilty.
With no surviving witnesses to the murders, prosecutors must offer overwhelming circumstantial evidence that William Balfour, the ex-husband of Hudson's sister, committed the grisly crime on Oct. 24, 2008. They are expected to introduce evidence in the next few days that includes cellphone records and security-camera footage that place Balfour in the area of the killings, since he denies he was there.
Another challenge will be tying Balfour to the alleged murder weapon, a silver and black .45-calibre handgun that sat Monday on a stack of papers at the prosecution table in plain view of jurors and Hudson, who testified — and attracted a large crowd of national and local media — earlier in the day.
Public defender Amy Thompson told jurors during her opening statement that DNA found on the gun didn't match Balfour, which "absolutely, positively" excludes him as the killer. But prosecutors claim that Balfour targeted the family in a horrific act of vindictiveness against his ex-wife.
Could the evidence prove they have the wrong man? Is Jennifer building up stress and hurt towards an innocent man?